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Trump Nominates Amy Coney Barrett For US Supreme Court

Nomination Comes As November Election Swiftly Approaches

President Donald Trump walks with Judge Amy Coney Barrett
President Donald Trump walks with Judge Amy Coney Barrett to a news conference to announce Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. Alex Brandon/AP Photo

President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

The move on Saturday caps a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation.

He also hopes it will boost his reelection effort as he looks to fend off Democrat Joe Biden.

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Republican senators are lining up for a swift confirmation of Barrett before the Nov. 3 election, as they aim to lock in conservative gains in the federal judiciary before a potential transition of power.

She would be the sixth justice on the nine-member court to be appointed by a Republican president, and the third of Trump’s first term in office.

Senator Ron Johnson has said he supports confirming a new justice this year, while Senator Tammy Baldwin said in a statement Saturday that she will not vote on a nominee until after the election.